Immunology

Immunologists in the UK have a dual role of being a pathologist (laboratory role) and a clinician.  The Certificate of Specialist Training awarded by the Royal College of Pathologists accredits them to work in the clinical fields of Immunodeficiency and Allergy. A significant minority of immunologists also have a management role or an academic position as part of their duties.  Laboratory immunology consists predominantly of the assessment of the immune system and most immunology laboratories would have autoimmunity, immunochemistry, allergy and cellular immunology sections.  The responsibilities of the quality management, clinical interpretation and clinical liaison rest with the immunologist.  As a clinician, most immunologists would be responsible for the management of patients with a primary immunodeficiency disease, which is usually on a regional basis.  Primary immunodeficiency is a rare disease and the two main groups of patients who would be under the care of the immunologists are those with a primary antibody deficiency or C1 inhibitor deficiency.  Wherever there is no provision of a consultant paediatric immunologist led paediatric immunodeficiency service, the immunologist would often jointly with the pediatrician’s, manage children with primary immunodeficiency.  The majority of immunologists would also provide specialist allergy services, which would be the assessment and management of patients with a food allergy, anaphylaxis, severe respiratory allergy, complex urticaria and angioedema, drug allergy and an insect venom allergy.  Once again, some immunologists would jointly provide paediatric allergy services depending on local needs.  A minority of immunologist would provide highly specialised services to manage rare autoimmune disease i.e. Behcets disease and autoinflammatory diseases.  Managing the laboratory and clinical services would be integral part of the role of an immunologist.

Immunology Committee
Dr R Herriot  (Chair) (RCP/RCPath Joint Committee on Immunology & Allergy,
Clinical Immunology & Allergy Section of BSI, UKPIN)
Dr T El-Shanawany (Vice Chair)

Elected members
Dr S Grigoriadou
Dr S Jolles
Dr C Stroud
Dr H Bourne (Education rep)
Dr D Kumararatne
Prof. G Morgan

Trainee members' representative
Dr P Gurugama

Additionally, Council members who attend this specialty committee are:-

Useful links

UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network
European Association of Allergology and Clinnical Immunology 
Clinical Immunology Society
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 
British Society for Immunology
Immunoquery
ACP Adult Immunology Training Days